Dear Asbury Friends,

It is sometimes called "The Prayer of Saint Francis," and other times, "The Peace Prayer." For many of you, the words are familiar not because we have prayed this prayer, but because you've heard it sung at worship services.  
 
Even though it is often times called "The Prayer of St. Francis," it was not written by Saint Francis of Assisi.  Saint Francis was born in 1181 and died in 1226.  Since the first time this prayer appeared was 1912, it is obvious that Saint Francis did not write it.  Here is a quick history of how this prayer became known by so many people:
 
The prayer was sent in French to Pope Benedict XV in 1915.  This was soon followed by its 1916 appearance, in Italian, in the  Osservatore Romano.  Around 1920, the prayer was printed by a French Franciscan priest on the back of an image of Francis with the title " Priere pour la paix," or, "Prayer for Peace," but without being attributed to the saint.  Between the two World Wars, the prayer circulated in Europe and was translated into English.
 
The first translation in English that we know of appeared in 1936 in "Living Courageously," a book by Kirby Page (1890-1957), a Disciples of Christ minister.  Page attributed the text to Francis of Assisi.  During the Second World War and immediately after, this prayer for peace began circulating widely as the Prayer of Saint Francis and over the years has gained a worldwide popularity with people of all faiths.
 
Please help us have a successful blood drive by signing up to give blood on Sunday, June 28 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in Hager Hall.  To sign up, please visit this link:  https://bit.ly/3bTAhSP.  Please be assured that every procedure will be in place to make certain you will be in a socially distant and therefore safe environment.
 
Join with me as we pray every day to be instruments of God's peace in the world...
 
Gayla    
 
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Erin and Mike Payne celebrated their son  
John Edge Payne's baptism
   with a small gathering of family on Sunday, June 14
at 11 am in the Asbury sanctuary.   
They would like to share the video of the baptism  
with their friends at Asbury who would like to see it!   
Please click on the link below to view the baptism video.   
 

"Just Mercy" Zoom Presentation
with Teresa James:
Wednesday, June 24 at 7 pm

 
If you are deeply saddened and troubled by the death of George Floyd and related recent events, join Teresa James via Zoom for a discussion, on Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 pm, regarding our ongoing struggles in this country with race and justice in the context of Bryan Stevenson's best-selling book, "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" and subsequent movie by the same title. 

Please fill out the online form at the following link and submit your information in order to sign up for this event:  Register Here for "Just Mercy" Zoom Presentation.  A Zoom invitation will be emailed to all of those who fill out the online form.  For more information on the topic, please check out the following link:  https://youtu.be/500uoXoRA8Q.  

You can rent the movie "Just Mercy" for free throughout the month of June through a variety of digital movie services in the US, including Apple TVFandangoNowGoogle PlayAmazon Prime VideoRedbox, the PlayStation Store, VuduMicrosoft, and YouTube.  A full list of partners offering free viewing may be accessed by visiting here:  https://www.justmercyfilm.com/.  If you would like to view the movie trailer, please visit  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7MxXxFu6fI.

If you would like to read a copy of the book, it is available in multiple formats here:  https://www.amazon.com/Just-Mercy-Story-Justice-Redemption-ebook/dp/B00JYWVYLY.
Food Drive for the Asbury Community
Food Pantry:  Saturday, June 27
from 9 am to 12 pm outside of Hager Hall
 
 
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 27 from 9 am to 12 pm!  Asbury will be hosting a Curbside Food Pantry Drop-Off for our outdoor food pantry ministry.  Drop off your non-perishable food items (cereal/bars, pasta and sauce, rice, canned items besides vegetables,
and baby food in particular need) and/or much-needed household items such as diapers, bottled water, personal hygiene items and paper towels in our back parking lot by Hager Hall.

You won't even need to leave your car!  Just pop open your trunk and our volunteers
will be happy to unload your donations for you.  Our church address is 5400 W. 75th St., Prairie Village, KS 66208.  Contact the church office at 913.432.5573 or Steve Trenholm at satrenholm08@gmail.com 
if you have any questions or are interesting in volunteering to help with this event.
Let's rally together to help out our neighbors in need!

Thank you, Asbury members and friends!  

Community Blood Center Blood Drive
at Asbury -
Sunday, June 28
from 9 am to 2 pm
in Hager Hall


Asbury members and members of our community are urged to make an appointment to donate at the upcoming Asbury United Methodist Church Blood Drive on Sunday, June 28 from 9 am - 2 pm.

Appointments are REQUIRED; walk-ins will not be accepted at this time.  You can schedule an appointment online at  https://bit.ly/3bTAhSP or by calling 1-877-468-6844. 

All donors are asked to wear masks to their donation.  Temperatures will be checked at the door and social distancing protocols will remain in place.  For more information regarding CBC's response to COVID-19, please visit  https://smarturl.it/CBC_COVID19FB.  If you have any medical eligibility questions, please call 800-688-0900.  If you have any other questions about this blood drive, please email Roger Peck at Roger.Peck@outlook.com.  Thank you so much for your consideration in helping out with our blood drive at Asbury!
July 5 Asbury Mission Giving to the UMCOR 
COVID-19 Fund, "Sheltering in Love"
 
 
UMCOR, The United Methodist Committee on Relief, was founded during World War II by courageous women and men to address an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.  The goal was to do everything possible to alleviate human suffering.  Today, we are facing a different type of global crisis - the relentless spread of COVID-19 throughout the world, but the goal remains the same.  As members of the United Methodist Church, you are part of a legacy of undauntable human beings committed to alleviating human suffering.

True to their calling of working with vulnerable communities to help move them toward self-sufficiency,
on April 21, 2020, UMCOR announced the expansion of efforts against COVID-19 and the launch of a giving campaign, "Sheltering in Love," to assist vulnerable communities in the United States and around the world deal with the COVID-19 epidemic.  Since the start of the pandemic, UMCOR has been working closely with health boards, medical professionals, disaster management coordinators and faith leaders to prevent further spread of the disease.

Through the COVID-19 Response Fund, UMCOR is releasing grants to equip partners who assist vulnerable populations throughout the United States and around the world impacted by COVID-19, including racial/ethnic and indigenous communities in the United States.  Recognizing that COVID-19 is affecting racial/ethnic communities in the U.S. at a disproportionate rate, Global Ministries has also committed money from the Human Relations Day Fund and the Native American Ministries Sunday Fund to provide assistance in racial/ethnic communities in the U.S.

Grants of up to $20,000 are awarded and distributed quickly and efficiently to address pressing needs in the areas of health, food security, water, sanitation and hygiene and economic instability.  As of June 10, 2020, $1,440,368 has been awarded.

Asbury's Missions Committee has designated July 5 as a day of giving to UMCOR's "Sheltering in Love" fund.  The beauty of this gift is that 100% of the monies donated goes directly to the ministry.  Salaries and overhead are covered out of the general church's budget.  We will provide more information on the projects and other information over the coming two weeks.  To learn more about UMCOR's work, you may visit https://www.umcmission.org/umcor.
Jean Mohr, an Asbury member, died Saturday, June 13. 
Sympathy is expressed to Angie Beck, also an Asbury member.
Memorial services will be held at a later time.
Ambassador Recruitment for Voter-to-Voter 
Church and Society is involved in an important effort to expand voter turnout this August and November.  Some of you know that Asbury was a partner organization in the Voter-to-Voter program in 2018. This was a tremendously successful program.  Of the voters targeted through this program, 82 % voted, whereas overall voter turnout was only 56%.  Church and Society would like to expand Asbury's involvement, and we are seeking additional Asbury Ambassador volunteers to join our already established team.  Depending on your involvement, the time commitment can be less than 4 hours total over five months.  This includes one hour of training.  All of this can be done from the comfort of your home.  There's no cold calling or door knocking.  You will be surprised at how easy it is to make a difference! 
 
The Voter Network received a grant from the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund to expand the Voter to Voter program in UMC churches throughout Kansas.  There will be a Zoom kick-off with Methodist congregations around the state on Thursday, June 25th from 10-11:30 am.  If you are interested in signing up for the Zoom meetup, please sign up at the following link:   click here to sign up.  If you are interested in participating or if you are on the fence but open to learning more, please consider attending!  Once you register at the link, you will receive a Zoom invitation.
 
If you are interested but cannot attend the June 25th program, there are training sessions every Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m.  Let me know if you can make it, or if you have any further questions. 
 
Church and Society would love for Asbury to double the size of our team this year.  Will you please join us?
 
Julia Cotter, Voter to Voter Team Leader for Church and Society
juliaacotter@gmail.com // 913.660.8160 
 
 
Important 2020 Kansas Election Voting Dates
Tuesday, July 14 - Last day to register for the Primary Election.  To register, re-register, or check your registration, go to ksvotes.org.  
 
Wednesday, July 15 - First day advance ballots are mailed and in-person advance voting may begin.  Contact your county election officer to find out when and where:  click here for County Election Officers.  
 
Tuesday, July 28 - Deadline for voters to apply for advance ballots to be mailed for the Primary Election.
 
Monday, August 3 - 12:00 pm deadline to cast advance ballots in person at your county election office.
 
Tuesday, August 4 (PRIMARY ELECTION) - Advance ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received in the county election office no later than three days after the election.  Advance ballots may be hand-delivered to the county election office or to any polling place within the county by close of polls.  
 
If you have any questions, please contact Julia Cotter at juliaacotter@gmail.com or 913.660.8160. 
 
 
Food Drive for the Asbury Community Food Pantry |  
Saturday, June 27 from 9 am to 12 pm outside Hager Hall   
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 27 from 9 am to 12 pm!  Asbury will be hosting a Curbside Food Pantry Drop-Off for our outdoor food pantry ministry.  Drop off your non-perishable food items (cereal/bars, pasta and sauce, rice, canned items besides vegetables, and baby food in particular need) and/or much-needed household items such as diapers, bottled water, personal hygiene items and paper towels in our back parking lot by Hager Hall.

You won't even need to leave your car! Just pop open your trunk and our volunteers will be happy to unload your donations for you. Our church address is 5400 W. 75th St., Prairie Village, KS 66208. Contact the church office at 913.432.5573 or Steve Trenholm at satrenholm08@gmail.com if you have any questions or are interesting in volunteering to help with this event. Let's rally together to help out our neighbors in need!

Thank you, Asbury members and friends!
   


Community Blood Center Blood Drive at Asbury | Sunday, June 28 from 9 am to 2 pm in Hager Hall
Asbury members and members of our community are urged to make an appointment to donate at the upcoming Asbury United Methodist Church Blood Drive on Sunday, June 28 from 9 am - 2 pm.

Appointments are REQUIRED; walk-ins will not be accepted at this time.  You can schedule an appointment online at  https://bit.ly/3bTAhSP or by calling 1-877-468-6844. 

All donors are asked to wear masks to their donation.  Temperatures will be checked at the door and social distancing protocols will remain in place.  For more information regarding CBC's response to COVID-19, please visit  https://smarturl.it/CBC_COVID19FB.  If you have any medical eligibility questions, please call 800-688-0900.  If you have any other questions about this blood drive, please email Roger Peck at Roger.Peck@outlook.com.  Thank you so much for your consideration in helping out with our blood drive at Asbury!
 
 
YMCA of the Rockies Trip during the Summer of 2021
A group from Asbury will once again be participating in a week-long trip during the summer of 2021 to the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO.  We would love to have additional people join us.  For those familiar with the YMCA camp, we are planning to be in one of the Central Lodges.  The rooms have two queen beds and a private bathroom.  The week would begin with arrival on Sunday, June 20, 2021 and conclude on Saturday morning, June 26, 2021.  Six nights of lodging and three meals for each day are included in the cost.  You can read more at the YMCA website:  https://ymcarockies.org/.

Costs are: 
 
Number in a Room
Per person cost
Deposit: 20% down
Single
1317
164
2 to a room
780
156
3 to a room
601
120
4 to a room
512
102
 
So, if you've got two in the room, the total cost for the room is $1,560 (780 x 2), with a total deposit of $312 due in the next 60 days.  Children 12 & under are a reduced cost of $147.  A family of four, with 2 children aged 12 and under would be $1,854 (780 x 2) plus (147 x 2).

You need to provide your own transportation to the YMCA from KC.  Last year, most drove out, but some did fly out to Denver and then drove up.   There are a variety of activities available at the YMCA in Estes Park:  hiking, arts and crafts, ziplining, rock wall climbing, basketball, mini golf, sightseeing or just relaxing.  The last week of June, the road across the Continental Divide (Trail Ridge Road) is occasionally plowed open by then, and you can drive over to Winter Park for the day and enjoy their Alpine Slide or hike at Never Summers Ranch.  In Estes Park, you can enjoy shopping and go-karts.  The YMCA borders the Rocky Mountain National Park, so many hiking trails are available to you.

As of June 4, 2020, there 10-12 family units interested / planning to attend.  
If you are interested or have questions, please contact Roger Peck at roger.peck@outlook.com.  Roger would like anyone who wants to sign up to do so by June 22.  Thanks so much! 
 
 
Prayer Requests and Concerns
Did you know that you can submit a prayer request online?   We are always keeping our Asbury family in prayer!

If you would like to submit a prayer request for yourself or someone you know,  please visit  https://www.visitasbury.org/pastoral-care/ .

If you would like to visit our Prayers of Joy and Concern page, you may find it here:   https://www.visitasbury.org/pastoral-care/current-asbury-prayer-requests/.
 
 
 
 


<--- Click on the Church Calendar logo for upcoming Asbury events!  Do you have an event you would like to be listed on the calendar?  Please call the church office or email Phyllis Williams at phyllisw@visitasbury.org.  For inclusions in the e-Alive or weekly bulletins, please contact Sharlynn Verner at sharlynnv@visitasbury.org.   
 
 
 
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We still need your help to keep our operations running during this tough time of needing to close down.  Coronavirus has made things challenging for everyone and Asbury is no exception!  Please consider giving to the church electronically through one of these four ways:
  • Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT)
  • Online through Easy Tithe (www.easytithe.com/visitasbury)
  • Text the word "Give" to 913-774-6060
  • Download our giving app, "Church by Ministry One" (find Asbury under zip code 66208)
Also, you can still just write a check and send it in the mail!  Our mailing address is as follows:

Asbury United Methodist Church
5400 W. 75th St.
Prairie Village, KS 66208 
 
We love you all and appreciate each of you so much.  Stay safe and healthy! 

 
Pastor Lee's Bible study this week talks about 
Saint Francis and the prayer that became famously associated with his name.
Click on the link below to read more!

All of Rev. Lee's Bible studies can be found on the Asbury website under the tab  "Bible Study in Anxious Times," at www.visitasbury.org
We hope you that you find  these studies enriching and thought-provoking! 
Interested in Obtaining a Copy 
of the Upper Room Daily Devotional?

 
Our church secretary, Phyllis Williams,  has copies of the Upper Room
daily devotionals  in regular size print and large size print
for July-August 2020 available in the church office. 
     
If you are interested in having one,  please  let her know 
you would like  a copy.   She will be happy to mail them  to you at home!

You can reach Phyllis at the church office  by calling 913.432.5573,
or by emailing her  at  phyllisw@visitasbury.org .   Thanks so much!
Loving Your Neighbor

1.  Letters to Lakeview
Some retirement places and nursing homes are allowing people to send notes, pictures, etc. to the people living there who cannot have visitors right now.  I have checked with Lakeview Village and they are still allowing mail deliveries.  If you are interested in doing this, please let me know and I'll send you a list of addresses for some of our Asbury folks living at Lakeview. 


 



2.  Food Pantry
Asbury has a food case outside its main entrance.  If you have non-perishable food, please drop some off on the case outside, or you can always order from Amazon and have it sent to the church.  If you are in 
need of food, or know someone else who might be in need, please let them know they can drive by and 
grab some food from the case.  If you have any questions about the food pantry, please contact Steve Trenholm at satrenholm08@gmail.com.
Children's Ministry
Children's Sunday School

Preschool :   Emails containing the week's story sheet and at-home activities for this week's lesson will be emailed out on Saturday night.

PreK-K:  Emails containing the week's lesson will be emailed out on Saturday night.  Heather will make a video and post it to Facebook on Sunday.  Follow the Facebook page to stay up to date:   https://www.facebook.com/Asbury-Childrens-Ministry-206583193254141/

1st-3rd Grade Emails containing the week's lesson and activities will be emailed out on Saturday night.  Heather will make a video and post it to Facebook on Sunday.  Follow the Facebook page to stay up to date:   https://www.facebook.com/Asbury-Childrens-Ministry-206583193254141/

4th-5th Grade:  We will have Sunday school via Zoom at 11 am this Sunday.  
A link will be emailed to parents on Thursday. 
YOUTH MINISTRY
Sunday School
Sunday school at 10 am via Zoom.  An email containing a link to the meeting will be emailed out to students prior to Sunday.

Youth Group - 6 pm
Youth Group will be via Zoom.  Youth can use a phone or computer to connect to the meeting.  Heather will email out meeting link and password.  Youth are encouraged to grab a drink, snack, or even dinner to munch on during the meeting.  We are treating the online meeting just as we would a face-to-face meeting and we will keep the 6 pm start time.

Wednesday Check-in and Prayer

6 pm:  6th-9th grade students are invited to connect and pray on Zoom.  This short time of connecting will be about 15-30 minutes.  Check your emails for the Zoom link or email Heather at heatherj@visitasbury.org for the link.

7 pm:  10th grade through college-aged students are invited to connect and pray on Zoom.  This short time of connecting will be about 15-30 minutes.  Check your emails for the Zoom link or email Heather at heatherj@visitasbury.org for the link.

Mission Trips

High School:  We had a wonderful virtual trip with DOOR!  We learned a lot and are still finalizing plans on our two indirect service projects.  We are excited to share our service projects with you in the near future!


Stay up to date on all that's happening in youth ministry by following our Facebook page!
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